Love in the Time of Cholera

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Love Conquers All
There are many themes that can be identified throughout the book, Love in the Time of Cholera. Love, as stated in the title, is one of the most important themes within the book. Love is channeled through all of the characters such as; Fermina Daza and Dr. Urbino, Florentino and all of his many affairs with different women, Dr. Urbino and his affair with Barbara Lynch, and most importantly the most powerful love throughout the book is the love between Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza.
Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza’s love started at a very young age, when they were just teenagers. He was so in love with Fermina at a young state that when he was within inches of her he couldn’t stand it. Marquez portrays
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He even wrote his own book titled, Lover’s Companion. He became a ghost writer of love letters. In the book it says, “He had so much love left over inside that he did not know what to do with it, and he offered it to unlettered lovers free of charge, writing their love missives for them in the Arcade of Scribes” (Garcia Marquez 171). He eventually became swamped with letters where he wrote only about Fermina Daza without his clients ever knowing his sole purpose to writing the letters and having so much emotion behind it.
The older Florentino gets the more he starts to realize that he is wasting his life. In the book it says, “But that night he saw for the first time in a conscious way how Fermina Daza’s life was passing and how his was passing, while he did nothing more than wait” (Garcia Marquez 199). This is the first time in the novel that he realizes he is wasting his time. Florentino’s life revolved around Fermina and due to his love for her whenever he was nostalgic his memories goes to her, but whenever she is nostalgic her memories do not go to him.
Once Dr. Urbino dies Fermina is heartbroken but eventually realizes that her most of her life was defined by being his wife and after he is dead she starts to gain some independence. In her final years she will learn to be her own person and become independent. In the book she portrays this when it says, “One night she came back from her daily walk sunned by the revelation that one could
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